Sunday, July 31, 2011

with Betsy St. Amant

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Betsy!
People talk about life before children—what was your life before writing?

I can’t remember either – pre-kid or pre-writing. Haha! I started writing when I was 7, though I got serious about it when I was about 18 and realized to publish a book I’d have to do a lot more than just want to. :)

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
This goes back to my mention of my child, and time. I’m a fireman’s wife, so he keeps odd hours and has a second job, and so I’m the main caregiver for our toddler who just turned 3. I also work part time two days a week outside the home doing title work, work part time from home doing freelance articles for a local newspaper, and of course, write novels.

What book have you recently enjoyed reading?
In the past few months I’ve really enjoyed Jenny B. Jone’s Save the Date, Elizabeth Musser’s The Sweetest Thing, and My Foolish Heart by Susan May Warren.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote?
I really enjoyed getting to know Marissa, and identifying with her struggles. I’m not a single mom, thank the Lord, but I do know what it’s like to be married to a fireman and the ups and downs of the profession. It was nice being able to put that on paper for her.

If you were a dessert, what would you be?
Cheesecake – I’m a little high maintenance, but generally worth it ::wink:: Plus that’s my favorite dessert! I’m a sucker for any cheesecake, anywhere, anytime.

If you were to find a purple polka-dotted monster in your kitchen one morning, how would you respond?
With all the Scooby Doo my toddler has made me watch recently, sad to say I’d probably just say “We have to solve this mystery!” and look around for Daphne and Velma and the gang. (since polka dots are also my favorite, I’d probably take a moment to high five the monster on his great fashion selection)

Tell us about one of your favorite memories or moments in your life.
Recently, my toddler just taught me a big lesson that I think will be imprinted on my heart for awhile. I was having a stressful day as a Mommy – she’d been sick and hard to manage because of her virus, and my patience was completely gone. I hadn’t left the house in days and my nerves were shot, not to mention I was starting to feel sick myself, and had no help. She knocked over a bowl of jewelry beads for the tenth time that day, even after I had told her repeatedly to put them away (because it kept happening) I totally snapped, crying from stress as I knelt on the floor picking up the beads and running my mouth off in frustration, complaining and griping. My sweet, just-turned-3-year old ran to the kitchen, bowed her head, and started praying. Her clear voice rang through the house and over my anger. “Dear God. Please help Mama feel better and be in a good mood. Amen.” I bawled then, from shame and conviction as she came over and gave me a big hug. We made up and forgave each other and cleaned up the beads together. I’ll never forget it. :) I love how God uses children to get us back on track spiritually.

What's one of your dreaded things to do?
I don’t think anyone enjoys cleaning toilets, but I guess it’s a necessary evil...

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
I tend to write a lot about second chances and forgiveness vs. holding grudges in family relationships. Family is very important to me and I like to portray the imagery of us forgiving others, as Christ forgives us. Over and over and over…even when we don’t deserve it. This is hard from a human standpoint.

What is the Lord teaching you, or recently taught you?
I almost laughed when I read this because the answer is “oh so much!” :) I think the main focus right now is that because I was so caught up in deadlines that overlapped for literally 7 months in a row, that now, I need to step back and breathe…just sit and know that He is Lord for a bit and bask in the blessings He’s given me. I don’t want to railroad ahead outside of His timing. For a go-getter like me, that’s a big lesson.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I’m very excited about my next release, as it’s totally outside of the box for me. I’ve written 5 novels now (6th contracted and releasing April 2012) for Love Inspired, but this next novel is a full length, 100,000 word Young Adult novel with Barbour Publishers. It releases January 2012 and is called Addison Blakely, Confessions of a PK. It’s the story of a teen living life in the fishbowl of the ministry and how to separate the faith that’s been instilled in her her entire life from the faith she actually has. Addison tries to figure that out while also dealing with her unwanted feelings for the bad boy down the street…and how he makes her not want to be the good girl anymore.

You can purchase Fireman Dad from Amazon.

Betsy is giving away a copy of Fireman Dad. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Judy said...

I loved the interview with Betsy. I cried when she was telling how she lost it one day when her Daughter spilled the beads all over the floor for the tenth time. While she was sobbing, ranting and raving, her little 3 year old stood out in the kitchen, bowed her head and prayed for her Mommie. If that doesn't tug on your heart nothing will!

I would love to win a copy of, "Fireman Dad". I can't wait to read more of Betsy's books. She is a new author to me.

God Bless you Betsy!


Lynda Schab said...

What a great interview! I love YA, so I'll definitely be looking for Addison Blakely when it releases in January. It reminds me of the first novel I ever started writing. It was about a girl who falls for a PK. I only got about 35,000 words in. I may have to pull that story from my files one day. :-)

Tracy Smith said...

Another wonderful interview!! I love coming here and getting to know authors that are new to me.

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Jo said...

Thanks for the great interview and learning more about a new author to me. I look forward to reading this book.


PriviesAndPrims said...

I'm a single mom, so I'm looking forward to reading this one.

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Marianne said...

i watch for Barn Door Book Loft to pop up in my inbox. You find such great authors, and do great interviews, Esther! Thanks for the chance to win Betsy's Fireman Dad. mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com

ann said...

I would so love to win this book. I also have to comment on the cute story of her daughter spilling the jewelry beads all over the floor. Thanks for sharing that one.

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Rebecca said...

Thank you so much for the chance to win this. This looks like a great book. I would love to read this. Thanks again.


Leanne said...

I would love to read this Love Inspired book!

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Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

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Anne Payne said...

This is a great interview. I love the honesty and transparency! Thanks for being so open, Betsy :) Look forward to reading your book.


apple blossom said...

love the love inspired books thanks for a chance to win.

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Merry said...

Betsy's upcoming books sounds awesome, being a PK or a MK is not easy. I will be watching for it!
Please include me in the drawing, thanks.
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Amy said...

Sounds good. Always interested in a new author.

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Roanna said...

The cover to the book makes it look interesting!

Please enter me.

Thank you!
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Meredith said...

Great interview! I can't wait to read this book!

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